We take a look at the Doogee Mix!
While Chinese company Doogee has a funny name that may or may not have been inspired by the infamous Japanese Shiba Inu, you can’t deny that they’re an ambitious lot. Despite not being as big as their other Chinese compatriots, the scrappy company has decided to enter the highly competitive Philippine market with their latest device, the Mix, spearheading the charge. The Mix is an interesting phone since it has a “bezel-less” display, 6GB of RAM and an attractive price point that’s hard to ignore.
Packaging and contents:
The Doogee Mix comes in a matte black box when it was shipped to us from China. Inside sits the phone, USB cable, charger, additional front and back protectors (the phone already ships with a pair attached) and a jelly case.
The phone also comes with a weird looking prophylactic in the package.
Actually, no, it’s not a condom – it’s the packaging for the key ring that you can attach to the back of the phone, though we really need to have a word with whoever designed the packaging. Man, you got issues.
Initial impressions: It may look like the Xiaomi Mi Mix, but that’s not a bad thing
Doogee makes no effort to hide the inspiration of the Mix’s design. Heck, they didn’t even bother to change the name of the phone. Obviously their offering is a low-cost version of Xiaomi’s near bezel-less offering, with a few design changes to keep costs down.
In truth, the phone isn’t really bezel-less, in the same sense that Xiaomi’s Mix is. Comparing the Doogee Mix to say the Motorola Moto Z2 Play, the thickness of the side bezels are pretty much the same which makes the phone as wide as its contemporaries.
The reduction of the top bezel is substantial though, making the Mix around 13-15mm shorter than phones that have the same screen size. And unlike Xiaomi’s offering, the Doogee Mix has a physical earpiece instead of a bone conduction one on the Xiaomi Mix.
The phone has a glossy back, along with curved corners and sides. The dual camera module is tucked in the upper left side of the back. The dual cameras sport a 16-megapixel primary shooter with an 8-megapixel secondary camera that shoots 2x digital zoom. The dual camera setup is able to take portrait photos with bokeh effects.
The power and volume controls are on the right, while the 3.5mm jack is on the top. The left side of the phone holds the SIM/microSD tray, while the bottom of the phone holds the USB port and speaker grilles.
The 5.5-inch IPS panel is only HD unfortunately, which is a bummer considering that other phones in the price range are already running full HD displays. Most people won’t mind of course, but we’re used a certain level of crispness in our displays, which is sadly lacking in the Doogee Mix.
The internals of the Mix is quite impressive though, as its the only phone under the 10K mark that has 6GB of RAM inside. Accompanying that is 64GB of expandable storage, along with a 2.5GHz MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core processor.
Just like most Chinese manufacturers, the Doogee Mix runs a modified version of Android Nougat that they’re calling Doogee OS 2.0. We’re not a fan of the icons used on the phone, which is pretty, well, dated, but the good news is you can just replace it if you want to something that’s closer to your taste.
That’s it for this unboxing. The Doogee Mix is priced at Php 9,995.